In the prestigious surroundings of the historic Banqueting House in London, the only remaining part of the Palace of Whitehall where King Charles I met his grisly end, it was a night of beginnings for the World’s Best Vineyards ceremony. At its inaugural event on Monday 8th July 2019, a new chapter of history was written, as Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco was named the World’s Best Vineyard by an international voting academy.

Founder Andrew Reed took to the podium before the countdown of the top 50 vineyards commenced and explained the idea behind World’s Best Vineyards. He highlighted that wine-related travel is hugely important to many national economies and that last year 30 million tourists visited a vineyard in America alone. This event and the attention surrounding it will help to ‘shine a spotlight on those regions who deserve to be experienced’ and not only ‘raise the profile of the wineries, but generate interest around the globe.’

The world of wine was broadly represented, with 17 countries in the top 50, including emerging wine-producing regions like Lebanon, Canada and little old England, as well as the big players of the Old World. Amongst the most famous names were Veuve Cliquot, Château Margaux, Penfolds and Opus One, but it was South America that appeared to dominate the nominations. Chile, in particular, was a country that kept popping up again and again, clearly demonstrating that the investment made in the Chilean wine industry has had a monumental impact on the world stage.

The large pool of judges were nominated by 18 Chairs and asked to list their top seven vineyards from anywhere in the world, considering the “total experience” of their visit. Whether it was the breathtaking mountainous landscape, the family-run ethos, the impressive Piedra Infinita Cocina restaurant offering a seasonal menu with paired wines or the commitment to expressing the true spirit the Uco Valley, Zuccardi finally took the crown.

Just as chefs are now recognised for their restaurants, celebrating the achievements of vineyards in this way can only be a positive move, especially if it helps the consumer feel closer to the people who make their wine. Origin is a fundamental part of today’s marketplace experience and to see the ‘where’, ‘how’ and ‘who’ behind the wines that we enjoy so much is undoubtedly paving the way for a more transparent, fulfilling and exciting future in wine. 

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12 thoughts on “WORLD’S BEST VINEYARDS 2019

  1. I find events and assessments like this really hideous! Who can afford to visit some of these places, what are the criteria, do the vineyards know judges are visiting. Personally I have no doubts that Domaine Michel Rebourgeon in Pommard beats ALL of them!


    1. So you do have a horse in the race! 😄 All I know is that a pool of (very fortunate and well-travelled) wine industry people had to put forward their ‘Top 7’ places and there was one overall winner. I loved seeing and hearing about all of the different vineyards – brilliant news for wine tourism and in turn the whole industry.


      1. Their views are relatively meaningless, a bit like tasting notes. Is Beethoven’s 5th better than Chopin Waltz #7? Or is the Mona Lisa better than Nightwatch? Is Michel Rebourgeon in Pommard a better Vineyard than Richard Rottieres in Chablis? These people are obsessed with scores, ratings, comparisons beyond belief, utter elitism.


      2. This would make an interesting debate… though I’m not too sure about the elitism. If people do compare Beethoven and Chopin or Mona Lisa and Nightwatch (are these ‘elitist’ examples?), I think the point is that people are talking about them, getting the conversation into the mainstream. Which is what we want for the industry – we want vineyards and winemakers to be promoted; we want people to enjoy wine; we want the industry to thrive.

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      3. I agree with your sentiment but not the method or process of achieving it. Most of it scares people off visiting vineyards, who can afford a Romanee Conti, an Y quem, a Chassagne Montrachet or a Mouton Rothschild? People DONT talk about these wines or the elitist wine journalists favourite vineyards. They talk about a Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia or. Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand or a Malbec from Argentina. They are bombarded with the marketing hype of the big supermarkets constantly. I’m in Chinon, France at the moment. Every wine bar in this town sells bottles of Cabernet Franc or Chenin Blanc under the name of the vigneron and vineyards, not the grape. This is simple and local marketing, educating and opening people’s eyes to the wonderful options open to them. The same thing happens all over France (and Italy, and Spain…..) local marketing in Burgundy, Bordeaux, Languedoc ….


      4. Yes, championing those small local producers is amazing and I do for sure – the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive from one another. But I suppose you do need that element of sensationalism to get people excited sometimes – and the real point is that wine tourism is on the up and not only for those big producers. How many people (who aren’t even ‘into wine’) are interested in visiting a vineyard now whilst on their holiday – any vineyard, the closest vineyard! Maybe even the one that does the free tour and tasting. It’s a consciousness thing and I think that if an event like this encourages people to visit a vineyard and become interested in wine, it’s good news for big and small producers.

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      5. Bringing wine into consciousness is ok, but what you wrote about doesn’t do it. I have been collecting wines for almost 50 years, it’s my hobby, I read and write about wine philosophy, but …… I had no idea of the Worlds Best Vineyards until your post! How will that get into the consciousness of wine tourists?

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      6. Ahh, because perhaps it’s for people who aren’t necessarily wine tourists or enthusiasts like yourself – for people who are at the start of their wine journeys. To help get people into wine in the first place?

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      7. I doubt it! It will not get people out of the supermarkets at all. I was recently a judge in The People’s Wine Awards … tasting hundreds of supermarket wines in unusual categories. Wines for barbecues, wines for spicy food, wines for a girls night out, etc etc. THIS is what gets people interested, stuff they can access, learn about, something new. Varieties and countries never tried before. NOT The worlds best anything!

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      8. I agree with your points but I also stand by mine – there’s a whole demographic of people out there who are influenced by ‘World’s Best’ lists – the fact that having a ‘Bucket List’ has come into every day language shows that people want to get out there and experience. ‘Experiential marketing’ is huge – getting out there, being in the vineyards (big or small). We must agree to disagree on this one, sir – otherwise we will be here all day!

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      9. Two books that might interest you: Tim Hanni, Why you like the wines you like, Changing the way the world ….., and Roger Scruton, I Drink Therefore I Am. 🍷🍷

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